Our chaplains

Father Rupert Bowd - Ballarat

Rupert Bowd is a Catholic priest and chaplain at Federation University Ballarat.

He is a supporter of cultural diversity in the workplace and community, refers students to counselling, offers prayer support and refers to local churches when requested;

Encourages international students and researchers –attended the recent Australian History Association Conference at Federation,

Orientation and exam times are points of anxiety for many- available to listen then and in term weeks,

His interests are scripture, archaeology and history.

Reverend Frank Lees - Gippsland

Frank has lived and worked in England, Scotland, Kenya and Australia in a wide variety of positions (in hospitals, prisons, children’s homes, charities, churches, etc.).

He has over 30 years of experience in counselling support to a diverse populous, including 18 years of pastoral care as a minister of a local Church. Frank was previously a minister in Scotland.

In Kenya, as the administrator of a Christian children’s home, where he was for over 3 years along with his wife and two youngest children, the Homes’ children saw him as father and the staff saw him as ‘mzee’ (a term of respect meaning ‘elder’). He still values greatly the memory of this time.

In Scotland, Frank worked in prisons for over 14 years (his last 3 years were as an Assistant Prison Governor). Though never speaking of specifics, the work was often very challenging, but also very rewarding.

He commenced at Federation University Australia, Gippsland as chaplain at the end of 2014, working on a part-time basis, but he continues as a church minister part-time as well.

As chaplain, Frank is someone to talk to in an informal way with ‘no strings attached’ for both staff and students and their families. The role of chaplain also involves providing help at times of crisis.

Chaplaincy has been offered to the Gippsland Campus since 1991. It is financially supported by the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches, and with ‘in kind’ support provided by the University.

The Gippsland Campus is a community which, like any community, reflects needs in the personal, intellectual, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Tertiary chaplaincy is an ecumenical role, working with people who have ties to a variety of faiths and many having no formal religious ties, and is about assisting in and enhancing the formation of a university community in which spiritual values underpin, as far as possible, how the whole community functions.

The daily work is very different indeed, and this is part of the appeal of such a position. Frank is therefore someone who is ready and willing to talk to anyone, about anything.

Rose Townsend - Berwick

Rose has had many years’ experience in pastoral care, and together with her husband Scott, are pastors of a local church in Berwick. She was also a volunteer Chaplain at the Casey Hospital as part of the Pastoral Care Team there for a number of years, before volunteering alongside the previous Chaplain at Federation University’s Berwick Campus in 2019.

She has also worked with young people in community, school and church based settings presenting programs around self-esteem, money management and healthy sexuality.

Rose and her family have lived in the City of Casey for over 20 years, with one of her three adult children being a graduate from this campus. You will find that she brings a wealth of life experience, and is a caring and compassionate listener.

Rose is here for everyone and happy to engage with people from all faiths or no faith at all. So please feel free to drop in for a chat, or look out for her in the Student Lounge and/or hallway.

Usual hours are Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 3pm
G40, Building 901 or other times by appointment.
Mob: 0421 137 365     Email: rd.townsend@federation.edu.au